AN ACT TO CONFIRM THAT NORTH CAROLINA CITIZENS HAVE A FUNDAMENTAL PRIVILEGE TO HUNT AND FISH THE MARINE, ESTUARINE, AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES OF THE STATE.
Amends GS 113-131 (Resources belong to public; stewardship of conservation agencies; grant and delegation of powers; conjunctive relief). Adds new subsection (a1) to direct the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Marine Fisheries Commission, and the Wildlife Resources Commission to promote conservation and scientific management of marine, estuarine, and wildlife resources. Provides for the fundamental privileges of the people of NC to hunt, trap, fish, and harvest marine, estuarine, and wildlife resources, subject only to the acts of the General Assembly and regulations adopted by DEQ, the Marine Fisheries Commission, and the Wildlife Resources Commission to promote conservation and management of these resources and preserve the ability of the people of the State to hunt and fish. Declares that public hunting and fishing are to be the preferred means of managing and controlling marine, estuarine, and wildlife resources. Clarifies that the statute does not modify or repeal any provision of law relating to trespass or property rights.
Repeals GS 153A-129(b), as enacted by Section 5(b) of SL 2015-144, which authorizes a county to prohibit hunting on Sunday as allowed under GS 103-2. Repeals GS 103-2 (Method of take when hunting on Sunday).
Effective October 1, 2017.
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